Adobe Soundbooth audio software released as public beta

Adobe Systems Incorporated today introduced the public beta of Adobe Soundbooth software, a new audio software product for creating and editing audio and fixing common audio flaws using visually-oriented tools. Unveiled to customers for the first time this week at the MAX 2006 Adobe user conference in Las Vegas, creative professionals now have the opportunity to test this new beta download and submit feedback to the Adobe Labs.

Adobe Soundbooth is available for both Intel-based Macintosh and Windows systems.

Designed from the ground up to deliver high-quality sound to web and video workflows, Adobe Soundbooth enables creative professionals to quickly record, edit and create pristine audio without requiring training in sound production. Tight integration with Macromedia Flash from Adobe and Adobe Premiere Pro enables Soundbooth users to easily remove noise from recordings, polish voiceovers, and customize music to fit a production.

“Adobe Soundbooth is a completely new, highly intuitive audio creation and editing toolset designed to accelerate the integration of sound into video and Flash workflows,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager, Dynamic Media at Adobe, in the press release. “Our customers asked us to make Soundbooth cross-platform because so many creative shops rely on both Macs and Windows based PCs. We look forward to the feedback from the creative community as we refine the product over the coming months.”

Moving forward, Adobe plans to continue to develop Adobe Audition as a standalone product for audio professionals working in markets such as broadcast radio. Adobe plans to offer Soundbooth in place of Adobe Audition as the audio component in its integrated video solution, Adobe Production Studio.

Adobe Soundbooth includes the tools creative professionals need to handle customary audio production tasks efficiently. Video and interactive Web designers can record new dialog tracks, sound effects or other audio assets or transform existing audio files with sample-accurate tools that cut, copy, paste, fade, stretch, and add effects. Soundbooth also provides creative professionals with tools that fix common flaws in audio recordings and streamlined mastering tools to clarify vocals and polish files after editing. Users can also speed the process of creating customized music to accompany their projects with the AutoComposer feature.

“Soundbooth is the perfect audio tool for our designers,” said Matt Rodriguez, president/executive director at Plexipixel, in the press release. “Its features are focused on the tasks and problems we face regularly. The cue integration with Flash and FLV is huge and having designers that can do their own audio work will save us time everyday.”

Creative professionals can use Soundbooth to easily import audio assets from Adobe Premiere Pro for precision editing and to add music. Creating animation cues for use in Flash is also fast and efficient with the ability to lay down markers that can be exported as XML and then used with Actionscript in Flash.

The public beta of Adobe Soundbooth for Intel-based Macintosh and Windows is now available as a free download at http://labs.adobe.com/soundbooth/

25 Comments

  1. @ JadisOne –

    As far as I can gather, this product doesn’t really compare with Logic… Logic is a much deeper program designed primarily with composition, recording and sequencing in mind. If anything, I think SoundBooth has more in common with Soundtrack from Apple (which, unfortunately, is no longer available as a stand-alone product – only as part of Final Cut Studio). In fact, it seems like Adobe is trying harder to compete with Apple by also bundling video and audio tools together and creating their own ‘Adobe production studio’ package.

  2. I loved Macromedia’s old SoundEdit 16, it had a great, simple, intuitive interface.

    Now if Adobe would just SoundEdit 16, that so that it is universal binary. Gains the clean palette Adobe look & feel. Supports the latest sound formats and codecs. Allowed lossless editing of AACs and MP3s. Used Photoshop-like layering with “masks” and “adjustment layers”. Has a robust plug-in architecture. They would have a knock-out winner.

    I still use SoundEdit 16 in classic (and am annoyed I cannot test Soundbooth) for cleaning up my AudioHijack sound captures. The low-end products I’ve tried as a substitute are hopelessly limited on the low-end and needlessly complicated on the high-end.

  3. When Apple will buy Adobe?

    Hopefully never. There’s no need for it.

    Besides, I avoid Adobe software like the plague on OS X. The only Adobe stuff I run is installed on a beige G3 w/ OS 9.
    Adobe transiiton to OS X was insulting, to say the least.

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